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Thames Reach welcomes homelessness report

18 August 2016

 

A man found rough sleeping in North London
Thames Reach has welcomed the latest report on homelessness by the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee.

Bill Tidnam, director of operations at Thames Reach, pinpointed the importance of the committee’s recommendation that, given the prevalence of mental ill health among homeless people, especially those sleeping rough, it is essential that local mental health services are able to work flexibly on the streets to help rough sleepers access treatment.


He said: “The latest rough sleeping figures for London indicate that a group of approximately 1,500 people have been on the streets for two years or more. Living on the streets is dangerous. 83 people who had slept rough have died during the past year.


“At least 500 people sleeping rough long-term are struggling with severe and enduring mental health problems and aren’t getting proper access to appropriate services.


“More local mental health services need to reach out and work on the streets to offer assessments and aid full access to ongoing mental health support," he added.